Socal - Los Angeles County - Antelope Valley NickNames: #GoldenEagleTrail-LiebreMountain
Take I-5 North of Castaic to 138. Drive about 4 miles and turn right on Old Ridge Route road. At three way intersection with Pine Canyon road, park at the dirt parking lot on your right.
Minus some brush, this is a fantastic secluded trail with great views of Pyramid Lake, Quail Lake, Whittaker Peak, Mt. Pinos, the 5, the Antelope Valley, and the old Ridge Route to name a few. I drove up the old Ridge Route road and parked at the "End County Maintained Road" sign; the trail can't be missed here.
EyeLookrocks a 25 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a WS Giant Ranier from Palmdale, CA
weather was perfect - very rare patches of snow here and there
Return vis Golden Eagle trail is by far the best singletrack around : start slowly winding through oak trees, nice narrow track, one side of the crest then the other by crossing 7N23, then back to crossing 7N23 for a faster, steeper 3 miles all the way back to the parking lot.
Trail is in very good shape, vegetation not overgrown but does not need to grow much more...
brunosalomon a 34 year old
The trail at this point is very beautiful! It rolls thru scrub oak areas, big oak trees & there is a section that turns into a heavy oak tree forrest canopy & then just plain BLASTS to the bottom!
What I really like most about this ride is that it is all dirt road to the top thus it makes it difficult for shuttle/downhiller riders to get to the top as it is time consuming to drive to the top & then drive back down. :) Plus there is some pedaling as you traverse the ridge with the slight accent & decent tendancies of the trail at the top! PLUS it is off the beaten path of all the other rides in the L.A. area!!!!
The trail is amazing!!!! I PROMISE if you go up to this trail in the next 3 months you will go back!...It is described in one trail book as "The Sweetest Single Track In all of the Saugus District"!
Pedalling up the Old Ridge route, it's amazing how much of it still exists. While not in great condition, it's still very much negotiable with a car. There are alternating sections of concrete and asphalt, and it's apparent that the mountains changed the course of the road, as some of the concrete, runs straight into the hillside.
You come to a sign within a couple of miles, pointing out the dirt road that leads you to the Sawmill campground as well as other locations. This is the start of the 10 mile climb. There's about a 2K elevation change, so it's not bad. The first two miles and the last mile are the worst, being steep as heck. There were sandy spots. (the sand is your friend...)
And I saw numerous horny toads, one of the little guys tried to commit suicide twice, first running between my tires, then doing the same thing to the guy behind me.
Climbing up through the hills, one got to look out over the oak canyons. Sunday was nice and not too hot early in the morning. The payoff was at the top. We found the trailhead at the 9.75 mile mark, descending down a double track to a fence.
This is a worthy ride. Zero hikers, Zero horses. What makes it great is, that it continually changes. You ride through dark oak forests, crunching leaves, then suddenly bust out in a sunny meadow, curve around the bend at speed then up through one of many vegetation tunnels. Then back in the dark forest again. The trail is only 6 inches wide, vegetation line to vegation line, sometimes, that 6 inches is a rut. But it's a fast rut. An excellent roller coaster, swooping, bitchen ride.
Much overgrowth. One bears his helmet at a 90 degree angle more than a few times to deflect good sized branches. At the crossroads, three of the riders didn't decide to deal with the second part of the ride.
This is even more overgrown, with the trail vanishing at points. But way fun and fast when it isn't. It finishes with a sick, super steep hill, that is soft and has a million baby heads and a big rut through the middle of it all. Add a four inch layer of dead leaves
and it makes it barely ridable. Only rode 50% of it. But stayed on the bike the whole time. A million gnats, kept close personal company and actually almost breathed one it, gaack!
At the bottom, it leveled out for some fun jumps and then back to the truck to pick out the vegetation out of the socks and spuds. All in all, a good ride and a good time
STP a 41 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Diamondback Zetec from Lancaster
Ride rating: Intermediate
Charles a OLD year old Cross-Country Rider riding a fsr xc by specialized. from Pasadena, California
Start by riding up 8N04. This is the middle road adjacent to the parking area. The other roads are Pine Canyon (on the left) and a road marked NO THROUGH TRAFFIC (on your right). Ride up 8N04 for about 3.3 miles and take a hard left on 7N23. Climb 7N23 for about seven miles. At this point the road is fairly flat, and then there is a short, steep, rise in the road. At the start of the rise is a double track on the left. Pass this and take the next left double track at the top of the rise. Bear left where the double track splits and see a chicken wire fence. Golden Eagle trail is the deer path looking thing along the fence. Take this to the left. Note, right over the fence is a sign reading 'Bear Camp 2mi' etc, just in case you are not sure. Golden Eagle trail will cross 7N23 and its spur roads a few times. You should be able to pick up the trail on the other side each time. Eventually 8N04 will come into view and will be accessible via a very short spur trail. At this point you will be licking your wounds and wishing you never came here as you ride back 8N04 to your car.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 18 miles Elevation change: 2000ft
Singletrack=60% Dirt Road=40%
CT Weissman a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a S-Works M2 from Seal Beach, CA